Houston football coach Tom Herman made headlines Friday when he publicly spoke out in favor of changing NCAA player transfer rules to better favor student athletes.
Under most circumstances, the NCAA requires student athletes to sit out one season when transferring between Division One programs. The theory is this keeps the total number of transfers down and hopefully forces the student athlete to not transfer willy-nilly and thoughtfully consider transferring. One of the drawbacks of this policy is coaches are frequently fired and frequently change jobs, often times long after high school seniors have decided to attend a university. Herman thinks if a coach leaves a program, players should be allowed to transfer and play immediately.